Tag Archives: New York

Festival Lineup Pandemonium Today

15 Jan

Quite the Wednesday in the festival world as Governor’s Ball, Hangout, Mountain Jam, Shaky Knees, CounterPoint and Big Guava all announced their lineups. With the exception of CounterPoint and Mountain Jam what do they all have in common besides being on the east coast? OutKast as a headliner.

Want the full lineups for each? Follow the links below.

Governors Ball – Randall’s Island, NY | Headliners: OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, AL | Headliners: The Black Keys, The Killers, OutKast, Jack Johnson

Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, NY | Headliners: Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, TBD

Shaky Knees – Atlanta, GA | Headliners: The National, Modest Mouse, TBD

CounterPoint – Kingston Downs, GA | Headliners: OutKast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People

Big Guava – Tampa, FL  | Headliners: OutKast,Vampire Weekend, Foster The People



Time To Go Back To College? New Music Courses At NYU and USC Thanks To Steven Van Zandt, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

17 May

These days I wish I was back in college but not for the reasons you might be thinking. To be a student at NYU or USC is pretty special right now.

On the east coast, NYU with the assistance of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum are introducing Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAAS), an interdisciplinary middle and high school curriculum that explores Rock and Roll from its roots in blues, country music, gospel, and R&B to its latest incarnations today.

Out west at USC, the university announced plans with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to develop an Arts Academy after a $70 million donation from the music heavyweights.  The money will be used to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will enroll 25 students beginning in 2014.

New Music: Boy & Bear

18 Jul

I swear there seems to be more and more great music coming out of Australia and Boy & Bear are the latest such group.  After putting out a rocking EP, Emperor Antarctica, and spending some time touring with Mumford & Sons, the five-piece folk group are getting set to release their first full length record, Moon Fire next month.  If the more upbeat, “Feeding Line” is any indication, this could shoot right up as one of the top albums of 2011.  I haven’t heard the CD but from this single and their previous EP, these fellas have a bright future ahead of themselves.  Lucky for us in the States, they are playing Lollapalooza in a couple weeks (followed by two NYC shows)!  Give a listen and judge for yourself.  And if at first listen you start thinking it sounds a little Brandon Flowers/The Killers-ish, you’re not alone.

NY Magazine: Michael Rapaport on All the Drama Surrounding His A Tribe Called Quest Documentary

29 Apr

Yesterday I came across across a really great Q&A interview online from New York Magazine with Michael Rapaport in regards to his documentary on A Tribe Called Quest. I remember when I first heard about this documentary I was so excited and then I quickly learned of all the drama and bickering going back and forth right around Sundance.  Below is an excerpt from the interview which took place during the Tribeca Film Festival and click HERE to read the whole thing.

(via New York Magazine)

You came into this as a fan. Are you less of a fan?
I love the group; I still love the music; I still get off on the music. I will not be the director of A Tribe Called Quest documentary, part two. This conflict has definitely changed my perception of them as individuals, but the music is the music.

Do they have control over the soundtrack?
Yeah, the soundtrack is their domain. They have control over it. And at this point, up until now, they have chosen not to do anything with the soundtrack.

And what was the question that you wanted to answer by doing the movie?
The question that I wanted to answer by doing the movie was, “Will A Tribe Called Quest make more music?” And I think we got our answer because there’s no soundtrack. But it’s not too late yet.

Because you haven’t released the movie yet.
We’ve got release in July, and what better way to go off into the sunset, to make one original song for your documentary? And to see A Tribe Called Quest at the fucking Oscars performing a brand-new song — that would be crazy for hip-hop. They could write the song for me. I’ll perform the shit myself. If they write the song, I’ll do it. I’ll hire look-alikes to do it.

Stream Now: Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

25 Apr

Breaking News: MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards bound for Las Vegas

20 Apr

(via the AP and Business Week)

MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards bound for Las Vegas


MTV is taking its inaugural O Music Awards to Las Vegas.

The network announced Tuesday that its planned show honoring digital music and fandom will take place at a “mystery location” in Las Vegas on April 28. The hourlong live show will stream online and on mobile.

The show includes categories like “must-follow artist on Twitter” and “best fan cover.” Fan voting will decide the awards. MTV says 1.9 million votes have been cast.

At the Vegas event, rapper Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege of the hip-hop group Chiddy Bang will try to enter the Guinness World Records for longest freestyle rap.

Other scheduled performers will include Lupe Fiasco, Lil B, Matt & Kim and Mumford & Sons.

Hey Knick Fans: Swizz Beatz Remixes – “Go NY Go”

19 Apr

Anyone who has been a Knicks fan since the last time they were in the playoffs probably remembers the “Go NY Go” theme song.  Well check this, Swizz Beatz brought it back and remixed the original featuring Carmelo and Amare!  Ha ha!  So if you’re down with the Orange and Blue, listen up!  Game time is in less than two hours!

Here’s the original from 1994 as well as the 1999 version.

New Mumford & Sons – “Lovers Eyes”

15 Apr

Beyond excited to see Mumford & Sons tonight in Las Vegas over at the Cosmopolitan!  To kick off an all M&S music day, here’s a new song, “Lovers Eyes” the quartet performed in New York a couple nights ago as part of iHeartRadio Live, a Clear Channel entertainment production that features private performances and interviews with today’s top recording artists.  Thanks to Paste for the tip.

Beastie Boys MCA’s “Fight For Your Right Revisited” A-List Cast

21 Jan

Any fan of the Beastie Boys check out this guide New York Magazine put together surrounding Fight For Your Right Revisited, Adam Yauch’s short which premiered last night at Sundance. To quote Kyle Buchanan’s piece “They make mischief with a whole lot of celebrities — so many celebrities, in fact, that the 30-minute short plays like an A-list, hip-hop cross between the videos for Moby’s “We Are All Made of Stars” and Weezer’s “Pork and Beans.”

To give you an idea, here’s a list of the cameos in the film: Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Rashida Jones,Will Arnett, Adam Scott, Rainn Wilson, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi , Amy Poehler, Roman Coppola, Shannyn Sossamon, Mary Steenburgen, Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Milo Ventimiglia, Jody Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Kirsten Dunst, and Maya Rudolph, David Cross, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black.